It’s Sunday so there must be another takeover story on Newcastle United surely?
Yes there, and this time it’s a South African consortium has expressed an interest in taking over the famous Tyneside club from Mike Ashley at Newcastle. But the news is in the News Of The World.
We know that there has already been contact with a group of Nigerian businessmen, but a rival consortium seems to now have emerged, which isn’t surprising as these deals come to a close.
Reports suggest the British-based businessmen have put together a £350M deal, although they have yet to hold formal talks with the club.
A spokeman said:
“We are serious about Newcastle, we believe they are an iconic institution who deserve to be run professionally,”
The spokesman added that Keegan was the key to the group taking control, with Alan Shearer also in their thoughts.
“Kevin is integral to our plans. We want Kevin to be fully committed to the team and we hope to find a role for Alan Shearer.”
“We are not personalities. We like to be in the background, we need to be in the background.”
The South African consortium want to keep their actual identity a secret, but they have been successful in the past in taking well known brands and rejuvenating them. Hey, that sounds what we need at Newcastle.
The spokesman added:
“The existing management structure has not worked so we’ll pay Mike Ashley what it takes to get rid of him.”
“The level of expertise we have is in discovering the real problem preventing success. We want to find the root problem and turn the club around.
“We will give the Newcastle fans what they want.”
Good words from the spokeman, but if someone asked us about a takeover at Newcastle right now, or we were making up a story on this, those are the type of words we would use.
So there’s really no way of knowing if this story is true, and if we were pushed we’d say it’s a very dubious story, until more proof is given.
But just think – if these stories are anywhere near true Ashley will make over £100M in his time in charge. That’s some financial reward for almost wrecking our club.